Open Letter to the American Cancer Society Requesting Documentation for Health Claims

Published December 12, 2007

The Smoke Free Illinois Act (SB500) has been based upon health claims from the American Cancer Society.

On behalf of the 2,800,000 smokers and thousands of small businesses who will be affected by this law, Illinois Smokers Rights requests clarification of and validation for those health claims.

To institute this invasive and extreme smoking ban, the public needs to learn if any concrete evidence can be provided to validate these claims. A law of this magnitude, with wide-spread social impact and based upon ACS epidemiological studies, needs to be documented for public review and shared in understandable format.